As we’re nearing the end of the year, holiday festivities and dinner soirées are upon us. There are infinite choices and combinations of style and approaches when it comes to giving table settings personality, but a few basic design elements can help construct a stunning design for your holiday tablescape.
Establish the ideal balance of natural vs. manmade materials. When mixing materials, I often recommend incorporating one of each element- a metal; natural stone; wood; and a linen of a natural fiber. Some of my favorite juxtapositions are wood chargers & glass dinnerware; linen napkins & brass flatware; marble table top & velvet runner, dried botanicals & lacquer dinnerware, chiffon runner & concrete tabletop. The options are unlimited!
Handcrafted? Need we say more? By being intentional with your choice of dinnerware, one can make the grand statement on a beautifully curated event. Often times, when when we buy something made by an artist, we ourselves are reflected in that purchase. Whether it’s the color, the texture, the shape, or just the mood we happen to be in, an item that has been crafted as an expression of the creative spirit person who made it, is treasured and valued far beyond an item that was mass produced. In the end, nothing beats the beautiful ripples of handcrafted ceramic and the color imperfection in hand-dyed linens. For example, one of my favorite bespoke choices for ceramics is Wild Bower Studio for thoughtfully crafting purposeful pieces that embrace the beauty of imperfection.
Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood for the occasion. When skillfully applied, lighting can elicit a wide range of emotions helping to make an event more cheerful or intimate. For example, to create a glittering effect with a touch of mystery, I recommend scattering tea lights throughout the table. To make lighting part of the design, I often add either thin candlesticks or pillar candles in various heights. Remember, lighting is key to add visual depth to your tablescape.
Nothing beats the organic warmth of fresh greenery. Greenery could be as versatile as you it to be. When paired up with soft dreamy flowers they add muted romance; and when paired up with wildflowers or exotic caribbean blooms, they add moments of drama. One of my favorite ‘making hacks’ is crafting a ‘garland’ on-site by cutting up sprigs of ruscus and seeded eucalyptus. To add a touch of elegance, I often use a variety of three to four blooms tucked in between the greenery sprigs. One of our favorites, Karma Flowers, brings ethereal beauty with their voluminous and beautiful garlands that instantly transform a space for the occasion.
From place cards to table numbers, and menus, the options are unlimited for a design aesthetic that feels authentic to your awe-inspiring holiday tablescape. With access to a plethora of materials like plexiglass, natural stones, and textured metals, we can experiment the juxtaposition of traditional calligraphy on modern materials. Manhattan based Calligrapher, Viviane Rodrigues, celebrates the innovative at heart, reimagined through a lens of purity and elegance.
Venue: Atelier Roquette
Design/Planning: Endlessly Lush
Photography:Tanya Isaeva Photography
Videography: Jordan Jeanty Studios
Floral Design: IndyFaso
Pottery: Wild Bower Studio
Bespoke Linens: The Bayith
Calligraphy: Viviane Rodrigues Calligraphy
Graphic Design: I can Do That Design
Venue Manager & Coordinator: The Revelry Cooperative
Nov 3, 2019
Top 5 Design Elements for Your Holiday Tablescape